Saturday, December 22, 2012

PSST! Craftsy Class Sale...

...Just popping in to say that all online classes at are on sale from today through December 24th!

I am so proud to part of the great faculty and class lineup. There are so many wonderful new classes that are on my wish list! Check 'em out and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Open Studio Tonight!

Just a quick reminder that tonight is open studio at my studio space. Happening from 6-8:30. The directions are here.

Come on by and bring a project or just to check out my newest project...BANGLES! (Inspired by a student in class this past weekend.) If you'd like to make one I'll teach you how and you'll have a cool gift for you or someone on your list. You don't need to bring a thing, just pay the $20 studio fee and solder away. We'll be using brass and copper.

BTW, I had my first class last Saturday at the studio and it was SO FUN! Thanks to the students who came. It was a great inaugural class. You can check out the upcoming classes I have on my schedule here.

Look for a full schedule to come out in early January. I have lots of cool classes coming up! I'll be sending out a newsletter soon with the details, so make sure you have added your info on it.

Here are a couple of snaps from class last Saturdays to share with you.

Fun times!

I am taking a well deserved break through the end of the year, so things are going to be a bit quiet here until the New Year. I just want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support and encouragement this year and to wish you all the happiest of holidays, however you celebrate. Here's to a terrific 2013. Be safe. Be happy. Be healthy. xoxoxox

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Well. The studio opening was a success! So many people came and there were so many good wishes. I was overwhelmed! Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great day. I hope to see many more of you pass through the doors in the future.

My dear cousin made a great video to commemorate the day.  Thanks to Zoe for immortalizing the great day on video so I can share it with all of you.

Stay tuned to my studio page to check out upcoming classes and events. Lots of wonderful things are on the horizon.

Friday, December 7, 2012

The Color for 2013 is...

Pantone  just announced THE color of the year for 2013. It's Emerald 17-5641.

This color is one of my faves.  I liked the color for 2012, well enough, and I was also a big fan of the color for 2010, but Emerald 17-5641 just makes me giddy.


Remember the scene when we get a glance at this?

Photo from the Wizard of Oz Wiki
It was the dearest wish of my six-year-old heart to cross that poppy field and go with Dorothy and the gang to see what treasures the Emerald City would hold. All that glittery green was so beautiful. MGM really got it right.

So here's to Emerald. I think I'll wear my Magic Shoes to celebrate!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Attitude Is...

...Gratitude. Seriously. So yesterday I sent a newsletter about my upcoming studio opening event. I sent it to the mailing list that I had lovingly maintained during my years as a bead store owner. When I closed my San Fransisco store in 2008 it was really bittersweet. The time had come, though and it was the best choice for me at the time.

However, I kept that list. I thought that someday, SOMEDAY, I would use it again. I would have a place that all of my cherished bead friends and customers would gather and do the fun things that we used to do in the store.

I was kind of afraid, though. As I wrote the email, I thought "Do people really want to hear from me? After all, it's been a few years..."

My finger hovered over the "send" button. I just closed my eyes and pushed the button.

And wow. I am tearing up as I write this. I want to thank you ALL for the wonderful, heartfelt and kind words from many of you. I have spent the morning reading the responses to the email. So many of you took the time to write and tell me that you are so glad that I am opening up a new studio.

So thanks. You have made me one happy lady. Love to you.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Beads for Sale!!!

Just a quick post as I am in the midst of my studio launch party prep. Plans are to host great Trunk Shows in the months to come, and to kick things off on Saturday I'll have a well-curated selection of semi-precious beads available for purchase.

Lovely Strands!
For those of you who will not be able to join me on Saturday and still would like to shop for beautiful semi precious stones, you are in luck! I have added a few of the juiciest strands to my Etsy Store. They are up now and ready for purchase. The best part is that they are priced at my special trunk show savings of 25% off list price.

Stones for sale.
Click on over and shop now. These strands will only be in the shop until Friday morning at 10 AM PST, then what's left has to go over to the studio for the show.

After the studio opening when Trunk Shows are scheduled, I'll host a mini sneak peak of the products featured in the show on my Etsy store, so those of you who can't make it can still shop. Sounds good? Great! I love to find new and interesting items for my students and customers and I hope you'll enjoy shopping my interesting finds.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support. It's because of YOU that my studio enterprise is succeeding.